The name was an obvious choice for Koval and his wife and business partner Jenn Koval. “It’s our first baby from The Deer and the Dove, our Fawn,” he said.
The 40-seat restaurant, which includes 10 bar seats, will feature a menu with a selection of small plates available a la carte or via a tasting menu. Housemade charcuterie and crudos will star. The vibe will be “intimate, moody and dark,” according to Koval, with a small open kitchen and a small dessert menu.
Fawn will also have a small lunch menu with housemade pitas alongside traditional accompaniments and made with locally-grown ingredients.
Beverage Director Matt Watkins, who has been with The Deer and the Dove since its inception, said he will “focus on wines that come from volcanic terroirs, lots of amari and a few after-dinner liquors and liqueurs such as Armagnac, Tokaji and Sauternes.”
He is excited to bring a wine-focused, intimate bar to Decatur. “Through my travels, I’ve grown to love that style of neighborhood wine bar and feel this is the perfect place for that.”
Watkins will design a small cocktail menu of stirred and amaro-forward drinks. There will also be a small selection of lambic beers by the bottle.
Fawn will be open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays and 5-11 p.m. for walk-in only.
Koval worked at Atlanta restaurants including Canoe and Wrecking Bar Brewpub before opening Deer and the Dove and B-Side in 2019. He won a James Beard Award in the Best Chef: Southeast category earlier this year.
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